Nick Martin
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Martin with the Houston Texans in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-29) April 29, 1993 (age 29)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop Chatard
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College:Notre Dame (2011–2015)
Position:Center
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2021
Games played:73
Games started:62
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Nicholas Jacob Martin (born April 29, 1993) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

Martin and his brother, Zack, attended Saint Matthew Catholic grade school, Indianapolis, Indiana, from kindergarten through eighth grade. Both Martins were products of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) football program from third grade to eighth grade.

High school career

Martin attended Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a senior, he helped lead Bishop Chatard to the 2010 Indiana Class 3A state title. He was named a first-team Indiana all-state pick on the Associated Press Class 3A team as offensive lineman.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 68th-best offensive tackle prospect of his class.[1] Originally committed to play college football at Kentucky, Martin switched his commitment to Notre Dame.[2]

College career

After his first two seasons as a reserve, Martin emerged as a starter in 2013, starting on the offensive line with his brother, Zack.[3] Martin started 11 games, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against BYU.[4] Martin returned to form in 2014, and was a named a team captain. Martin started the first three games at center, before an injury to his snapping hand resulted in his move to offensive guard, where he started the remaining 10 games of the season.[5] As a redshirt senior in 2015, Martin started all 13 games for the Irish, helping establish a running game that rushed for 207.6 yards per game, the highest since 1998.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+18 in
(1.93 m)
299 lb
(136 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
5.22 s 4.72 s 7.57 s 8 ft 1 in
(2.46 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans selected Martin in the second round (50th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[8] On May 13, 2016, the Texans signed Martin to a four-year, $4.77 million rookie contract that includes $2.33 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.67 million.[9]

On August 25, 2016, he underwent ankle surgery and was ruled out for the entire 2016 season. On August 30, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve.[10]

Martin started the first 14 games of the season at center for the Texans before suffering an ankle injury in Week 15. He was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2017.[11]

On September 10, 2019, Martin signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension with $18.5 million guaranteed with the Texans.[12]

On February 26, 2021, Martin was released by the Texans.[13]

Las Vegas Raiders

Martin signed with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 24, 2021.[14] He was named the backup center to Andre James for the entire season.

Personal life

Nick's older brother, Zack, is a Pro Bowl offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys. His father Keith played defensive tackle for Kentucky in the early 1980s. Nick married his wife, Kathleen Patterson in 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.

References

  1. ^ Nick Martin – Yahoo Sports
  2. ^ Notre Dame Picks Up OL Nick Martin
  3. ^ Martin brothers anchor ND offensive line
  4. ^ Notre Dame loses center Nick Martin for rest of the season
  5. ^ Martin to guard, Lombard to tackle in OL shakeup
  6. ^ Notre Dame 2015 Data Summary: Offense
  7. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Nick Martin". National Football League.
  8. ^ Texans Draft Center Nick Martin With 50TH Overall Pick
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: Nick Martin contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans trim roster to 75". HoustonTexans.com. August 30, 2016. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans add three to active roster". HoustonTexans.com. December 19, 2017. Archived from the original on April 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 10, 2019). "Texans agree to 3-year extension with OL Nick Martin". NFL.com.
  13. ^ Houston Texans Public Relations (February 26, 2021). "Houston Texans Transactions (2-26-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  14. ^ "Raiders sign C Nick Martin". Raiders.com. March 24, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2021.